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When it comes to the British queen harvest, few have taken the opportunity of RuPaul’s Drag Race to their advantage, like Baga Chipz.
She was one of London’s most iconic drag performers even before the show and stood out in season one for some of the most iconic and hilarious moments.
Since then, Baga has never been far from our screens, bringing some old school camps to shows like the Celebrity Masterchef, Celebrity Circle, and Celebrity Karaoke Club.
For Pride month, we caught up with Baga for our Over The Rainbow series, where she shed light on some of the British queens who she believes are not getting the recognition they deserve – and special shouts to, of course a. directed specific Corrie symbol …
What’s your favorite Pride memory?
Oh, I’ve been to so many, and most of the time, I just remember putting the makeup on and then within an hour I’m fucked up. I’ve done so many prides, it’s like which one? [is my favourite]?
I love Sitges Pride because the stages are big and the sun is shining. I love a good brighton pride. I think London is beautiful and everyone is outside, but when you’re a drag queen, getting through Soho with a suitcase trying to get from A to B, it’s like trying to get with you Getting through elephants in the back. And then you have people stopping you for photos: “Oh, it’s our Di, it’s the princess of the people.” It takes 45 minutes to get to Molly Moggs from Admiral Duncan, and it should be a two-minute walk.
It wasn’t exactly Pride but I did a big gay event in Mykonos and it was brilliant. It was very summery, we went out in boats and so on, I felt like Geri Halliwell with the Latino Latino … Mi Chico Latino. I was on a yacht with my hat on and my swimsuit, you know what I mean? I drove into the sea in tow and all that, very Diana St. Tropez, sitting on the diving board, all that. Everyone loved it.
Darren Gerrish via Getty ImagesBaga Chipz in the picture 2020
Who is your LGBTQ hero?
I would say the drag queen Sandra. She’s just amazing, she doesn’t get the recognition she deserves. She’s been in the business for 40 years and you know what it’s like for drag queens of color today – just imagine what it was like in the 80s! So Sandra is an inspiration to me. You don’t have to be on a fucking TV show to be a drag legend. Sandra is a drag legend. And the amount of charity shows she’s done, she must have raised millions over the years.
And I love Holestar. She is an Afab queen – and [she proves] You don’t have to have a tail to pull. I’m not funny, I don’t really show my genitals on stage and I don’t know a lot of drag queens who do that so I don’t really know what the problem is. Pull is an art form, it’s like saying: “Oh, only Picasso and Rembrant can paint, you have to be a man”. No! It’s performance, it sings and dances to I Will Survive, you don’t need a tail for that. And a lot of these Afab queens do their makeup better than I do, so who should I judge?
HuffPost GermanyLondon drag legend Sandra
What’s your favorite Pride anthem?
Well, being a drag queen is all about sisterhood and my friends and girl power, my drag co-workers and all that. So maybe the sisters do it for themselves because we work hard for the money, you know what I mean?
But when it comes to Pride, it has to be … not Heather Mills … Heather Small! Proud.
What’s your favorite LGBTQ movie?
My ultimate camp classic has to be “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane”, it’s so brilliant. I am in love [puts on Bette Davis voice] “What should I say? you” and we have Rats by doing Basement, cellar”. And obviously I love the song, I even do it on my show sometimes when I’m a little bit drunk.
It’s not LGBT or anything, but it’s two gay icons that are onscreen powerhouses. And I think gay men especially love these strong, powerful Hollywood women. That’s why we love Judy Garland and Cher, and personally I love Tina Turner – a lot of gay men relate to the struggles and strength of these powerful Hollywood women.
Warner Bros / Kobal / ShutterstockJoan Crawford and Bette Davis in What Happened To Baby Jane?
What was an LGBTQ TV show or TV moment that made you feel represented?
Lily Savage got the map of British television going. Obviously RuPaul has done this around the world, but if you remember when Lily Savage starred on The Big Breakfast and Blankety Blank, it was the first time Drag was on real TV.
Fremantle Media / ShutterstockLily Savage on the set of Blankety Blank
Who would be your ultimate queer icon?
For this month of Pride alone, I’d say Sharon of Coronation Street, Tracie Bennett. The other day she tased Jenny Bradley, and then she did it: “Ave it!”
I even tweeted to Tracie Bennett, “This is the best monthly Pride gift ever.”
What a moment 😭 God I love Sharon # corriepic.twitter.com / ZX0Fj7knmP
– liv🌻 (@cxrlaconnor) May 31, 2021
She is such a gay icon! This is the perfect gift for the month of pride! Haha ️
– Baga “AV IT” Chipz (@ChipShopBird) June 3, 2021
But in the end I would choose Elizabeth Taylor. Because she had many gay friends in the 1940s and 50s and she helped raise hundreds of millions for AIDS and HIV. She’s a three-time Oscar winner … well, a two-time Oscar winner and a humanitarian Oscar. She is just the ultimate icon.
We don’t talk enough about Elizabeth Taylor these days. I think she’s obviously a Hollywood icon, but people just love to talk about their marriages and stuff. And she got married nine times, that’s camp.
Barry King via Getty ImagesElizabeth Taylor pictured 1992
What is your message to LGBTQ young people this month of Pride?
There’s still a long way to go, but I think it’s getting a lot better every year.
Seriously just live your authentic self, be proud of yourself have fun with your pals, and if no one can accept you for who you really are – they are. Well, not if you’re a murderer or something, I’m not condoning that, I mean by your identity.
This article has been edited for clarity and length.
Earlier this month, Baga Chipz founded a very special travel agency with Ellie Diamond, finalist of the Drag Race UK 2021, that only introduces their hot travel destination of the year: Great Yarmouth, the only resort where trendy millennials should check-in.
To encourage the capital’s trendsetters to leave exotic, sun-drenched, Instagram-enticing spots, the two queens shouted about the opening of The Hoo Travel Agency.
The Hoo travel booking site is where you can create your own hotel room quote and get great hotel deals.